Friday, August 17, 2018

Card inspiration - DT project for Pinkfresh Studio

Hi there crafty friends,

I'm back today with some new card inspiration for Pinkfresh Studio!
I only have two cards for you today that I've created with some of the new release stamps and dies as well as the Simple and Sweet scrapbook collection.

Let's start with the simpler one! I went with the Leafy Backdrop stamp set which I haven't had a chance to use before. I find it super versatile! Imagine all the possibilities for backgrounds, whether stamping, embossing, watercoloring! I love this set!

I matched the colors of my inks to the colors of the Simple and Sweet collection. I cut a 4.25x5.5" piece of white card stock.

I did make a practice card, just so I could figure out how many stamps I'd need in every color, but other than that this goes very quickly! I used my stamping tool so that I could stamp each leaf twice to get a crisper image. Once done, I trimmed off a little bit on each side. I made an A2 size top folding card base, then attached a pink plaid patterned paper from the Simple and Sweet collection in the same size. I layered my stamped card front on top.

I love enamel dots! I could put them on everything really. Which is what I decided to do here - I didn't want to cover up much of the design, so I only added a chipboard sentiment on top. All the enamel dots however just cascade down from the bottom of the leaves. That's it!

As for the second card...Well this one took me much longer than I care to admit, but most of that time is really spent on figuring out what should go where, what I like and what looked better in my head. But once done and you just need to recreate the design, I'm sure it won't take all that long! My inspiration for this card came from my amazing DT peer Natalia Valkovskaya, check out her card here. I thought it was genius to use the Merry and Bright Toy Shop die and stamp sets to create a candy shop! So here's my take on it!

Before I started scrapbooking, I used to bake. Mostly cookies and cake pops but also some cakes (even a wedding cake!). I didn't do it for the baking part, but for decorating. And obviously I have loads of supplies still, so you won't be surprised when I tell you I have cake stands in both the blue and the pink color I used on this card haha! So I just had to take a picture with one of them! The cake stand hasn't been used in 4 years so I thought I might as well...

Anyway. I cut the shop front from white card stock and using a dabber I added some pink ink. I wanted to achieve a distressed kind of wall look so I grabbed an inkpad in a darker shade of pink and just rubbed it on lightly. It looked perfect. But then it dried. And the color totally blended in the background. So I tried an even darker shade but by the next day I couldn't see that well either and by then my card was already done. Well too bad! I purposefully left the top white and rubbed on the ink in an imperfect way, like on old houses.

Then I die cut just the top part of the shop from patterned paper from the Simple and Sweet collection. I turned it around, so it has the scalloped edge at the bottom. I then folded this behind the card front and glued it down. Originally I die cut the shop from my favorite blue paper from the Case of the Blahs collection but it didn't look the way I imagined, so I just used parts of it to decorate my new pink house. I do realize the door should go all the way down to the bottom but for some reason I liked this better, even though it doesn't look right hahaha! I embossed the handle in white and used a white gel pen to add in more white details.

I fussy cut some images from one of the paterned papers from the Simple and Sweet collection; some sweets, lemons, a bike and some frames that I cut up and used for shelves. I named my shop Every Nice Thing ha! I used some foam adhesive here and there to create dimension. Last but not least I put some flowers on my store front, because I need flowers on everything.

I did want to make a second card, a flower shop, but then I had no time. Maybe soon!

That's it! Hope you like today's cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you an awesome day!


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Altenew August 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the fabulous Altenew August release blog hop! You should have arrived here from the wonderful Svitlana Shayevich 's blog! 

This is my first time joining this blog hop, so I am very excited! It's a wonderful release, I'm sure you guys will love it too!
On my first card I've used the Mega Ampersand die paired with patterned papers from the first Altenew scrapbook kit, Reflection.

I diecut the ampersand from a striped patterned paper and from a foam sheet too. I made an A2 size top folding card base, layered a slightly smaller piece of patterned paper on it, then added the ampersand. I fussy cut some roses from one of the patterned papers in the kit and using foam dots, I attached these to the ampersand. I embossed a sentiment on black cardstock and glued this on top. To finish off my card I splattered black ink here and there.

Next up is a 2 for 1 set! I don't like to throw away scraps so I often end up with multiple cards when I'm only planning to make one ha! This one was anyway special because my best friend and me both turned 40 in May and our planned birthday trip to Rome didn't work out. I wanted to make twin cards, one for her and one for me! Always and forever, you know? <3

On these cards I've used the Mega Number dies 4 and 0, the Halftone Squares stamp set and the Floral Art stamp and die sets. First I made the shaker card. For this I stamped a pastel rainbow background using one of the stamps from the Halftone Squares set. I die cut 40 from it then glued some clear acetate on the back. I made an A2 top folding card base (landscape orientation). I placed foam tape on the back to create the shaker "pocket" and filled it with various sequins before attaching it to my card base. I stamped a sentiment on the side and added some die cut flowers that I created with the Floral Art stamp set.

On the second card I used up the numbers I die cut from the rainbow panel. I created a simple white top folding card base and splattered some black ink on it. Then I added the numbers with the help of foam adhesive. Just like the previous card, I decorated this one with some stamped flowers. I embossed the sentiment on a thin black piece of card stock and glued it on top of the numbers.

Next up two cards on which I've used the Floral Art stamp and die sets again (for the bundle click here). I made two A2 size top folding card bases and started stamping!

I chose a few different shades of aqua and grey inks for one of the cards and corals for the other. The design on the coral card I just stamped directly onto the card front. Whereas the other one has a stamped background and die cut flowers layered on top. I like both looks!


To finish these off I added some Nuvo drops.

My last card today features the Wildflower Garden stamp and die sets (bundle). You may already know the stamp set because it was released a while back, but now there's coordinating dies too yay! I made another A2 size top folding card base which I covered in black ink splatters. I stamped a bunch of flowers in a few different colors I picked and die cut them.

Then I arranged them on my card base and glued them down: some directly on the card front, others with the help of foam dots to add a bit of variety and dimension. Last but not least, I embossed my sentiment and adhered it to my card.

I also made a layout because lately I just don't make many layouts anymore and I kinda missed it. I used the Mega Number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 dies and the Halftone Squares dies paired with the gorgeous Reflection kit to create this page.

I die cut a whole bunch of squares and the numbers from a rainbow paper, making sure I had enough in each color I chose to work with. I went with white card stock for my background, something I generally don't do because I love patterned paper too much. I did use a piece of striped patterned paper at the bottom though! I printed my photos in a smaller format and started playing around with placement.

Once I decided what I want, I started gluing things down. I used foam adhesive here and there to add some interest.

I then went through the embellies in the Reflection kit and pulled out things that fit my colors and general theme. I wrote my journaling in one of the squares and finally splattered some black ink around my page. Done!

I had so much fun with these gorgeous new Altenew supplies! Aaaand you have a chance to win gift certificates so that you can buy some of these for yourself! Is that cool or what?! Here is how:

1. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, August 22nd for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/26/2018.

2. I will also draw a winner from comments left on this blog post! One lucky commenter will receive a $30 gift certificate! I will announce the winner here in this blog post by August 22, 2018.

Your next stop is one of my favorite card makers, the super talented Norine Borys! Below you'll find the full blog hop list for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy hopping!


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rainbow flower cards - DT project for WOW! embossing powder

Hey crafty friends,

This month's theme at WOW! embossing powder is "rainbows". My fave! I love rainbows, they make me happy.

I generally don't use a lot of different embossing powders at the same time because I don't like warping. Plus the more times I emboss the same paper, the more stray powder I have, no matter what I do. So I decided to challenge myself to use several powders on my card and I'm glad I did.

Here's what I used for today's cards:

  • WOW! Embossing Pad
  • WOW! Primary Ebony Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Metalline Perfect Plum Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Primary Parma Violet Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Primary Blue Tang Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Primary Apple Red Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Primary Bird of Paradise Regular embossing powder

I chose the Simple Flowers set from Altenew for these cards. It was the very first set from Altenew that I bought and to this day never used! It was love at first sight but I wasn't much of a card maker when I bought it ha!

I started stamping the flowers, one at a time, and embossed them in the above mentioned colors. See the warping of the paper? This is why I normally avoid embossing in different colors. I know not everyone is bothered by warping but I am, and this is why I also don't often do mixed media scrapbook pages.

I then embossed my sentiment in black too. Since I don't have yellow and the right shade of green embossing powders, I added these details with color inks from Altenew.

What to do with the warping...Then I had a thought. Why not send the card panel through my Cuttlebug. And while I was at it, why not add some dry embossing? So I picked a polka dot embossing folder and embossed the panel.

This helped so much with the warping! I will say that the embossing got a bit destroyed but I like the distressed kind of look!

I created an A2 size top folding (but landscape orientation) card base and adhered an A2 size color cardstock piece on top of it (on the other card I used patterned paper). I splattered some black ink on the card for contrast and done!

Not my typical cards since I prefer more layers and dimension but I do like the simplicity of these.

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in some way!

Happy crafting!